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maus1 | Jul 7, 200605:13 PM     10

18 hungry chowhounds gathered at Claypot restaurant on San Pablo in Albany for a Shanghai style banquet. It was lots of food, great company, lots of food, wonderful conversation, lots of food...
As always there was more food than anyone could possibly finish, but we did not want to miss any of the specialties from the cook. The dinner was truly an example of the slow-food movement...we were never rushed and the dishes came out one or two at a time giving us a chance to taste, discuss, deconstruct and enjoy. They had us sitting at a long table and a round one which we moved to put us closer. Wine (home-made!)was provided by chowhound Joel...thanks!!!!

For dessert Yimster brought a treat: Angry-Wife cakes (I think that was the name?)which were the perfect ending...

The dishes were preordered since some are not on the menu...all for $25 per person!

Here are the dishes we enjoyed:

Shredded fish and spinach soup (or west lake water shield soup if available!).

Xiao lung bao dumplings
Vegetarian duck
Shredded tofu and cilantro
Drunken chicken
Shanghai sweet and sour ribs

Five spice crispy duck
Bi feng eggplant
Sautéed eel
Shanghai braised pork
Ong choi with fermented bean curd
Three cup chicken
Squirrel mandarin fish
Shanghai meatballs (Lion’s Head)

Taro and sesame rolls
Tea
Rice

I will let people comment on their preferences...for me the three cup chicken was a highlight as were the cold appetizers.

Only one negative note. Two people who RSVP'd that they were coming never showed up. That meant that the rest of us had to pay extra since it was preordered and two people who would have liked to go (there was a long waiting list) were unable to attend. That is simply rude. In the past people who did this were excluded from future invites...

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